Yesterday only 5 monks and 2 land rights activists showed up at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the trial of 3 defrocked monks, including Seung Hay, accused of carrying ‘lethal weapons’ (flagpoles made of plastic). Today there were barely 50 people for the trial of 11 people, including CNRP’s Meach Sovannara and lad rights activist Pich Samnang, involved in the violent incidents which took place in November 2014 near ‘Freedom Park’.
For sure the opposition’s mojo is not in the streets anymore.
Today is ‘World water Day’. There isn’t that much of water on this planet. It is precious.
Time to revisit my story ‘Waters of Sahel’, probably my first ‘real’ story, shot between 1985 and 1987, but still relevant.
Follows is a short sample of 16. You can see the whole story HERE.
Michelle Obama is in Siem Reap. I stayed in Phnom Penh but didn’t watch ‘Cinderella’.
Desperate as they are to make their voice heard and have those women from their community, jailed for 1 year after a land issue demonstration, liberated as soon as possible, the members from the Boeung Kak and the Borei Keila communities held a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy to seek support from First Lady Michelle Obama who is scheduled to visit Cambodia on March 21st and 22nd.
I have been photographing the development of Koh Pich Island, where families providing vegetables for the city of Phnom Penh were evicted from, since 2009. Those, and photographs of other development sites in Phnom Penh where people were evicted from can be found HERE
The ‘Development Landscapes’ is also featured in ‘Quest for Land’, an application for the iPad, an in-depth report on land issues in Cambodia since 2000. It can be found on iTunes HERE.
About 500 activists and supporters held a demonstration on International Women’s Rights Day to request the release of land rights activists imprisoned following protests in late 2014. The demonstration started at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, recently relegated to the dusty outskirts of Phnom Penh, and marched to the Prey Sar prison. Two coffins loaded on a tuk-tuk preceding the marchers were confiscated for rather obscure reasons by the police.
March 8th is International Women’s Day…
Here is to the Cambodian grassroots activist women, those who are rattling at the locks of power…
One month in Brussels reveals never edited and never scanned photographs. Here is a set of 20 better ones.
And in light of the recent World Press controversy, I herewith certify I am old fashioned when it comes to setting up or staging photographs: I didn’t do it and I still don’t…